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Brown records 1st hat trick for B.C.

Kris Baker's Sabres Prospects Report for the week of Oct. 17, 2016

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Sophomore forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) sparked the No. 5 Boston College offense Sunday, snatching his first collegiate hat trick, including the game-winning goal, and one assist to thrust the Eagles to an 8-5 triumph at Wisconsin.

After assisting on the game's opening tally just 10 seconds into the opening period, Brown scored one of his own with a backhand tap-in at the side of the net to make it 2-0 at the 11:53 mark.

Brown would strike again at 12:21 of the middle stanza when a sloppy Wisconsin zone exit backfired, resulting in Brown getting the puck alone down low to finish the play with some quicks dekes and a high backhand to give Boston College a 4-2 advantage.

The Eagles kept their foot on the gas pedal with two more goals in the period, capped by Brown's bullet from the right circle to capture the hat trick with 5:01 remaining.

Brown, who on Friday was held without a point in a 3-1 loss to the Badgers, enters Friday's tilt with Colorado College as the team's leading scorer with three goals and six points through the Eagles' first four contests.

Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) finished the weekend series at Wisconsin with one assist and three shots on goal. 

 

USHL

Penn State commit Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) exploded for five points Saturday, scoring a pair of goals and adding three assists as Youngstown cruised past Muskegon 7-4. 

Murray, who scored with a power move around the edge in the first period and then with a one-timer from the slot in the second period, has collected 11 points (3+8) through his first seven contests. He has points in five of seven games since joining the Phantoms, along the way compiling a plus-8 rating.

Defenseman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) produced a combined four shots on goal as Madison dropped a 4-1 decision to Green Bay on Friday before being shut out 4-0 by Chicago on Saturday. The Wisconsin commit has one goal and eight shots on goal in the first six games of his USHL tune-up.

 

OHL

Cliff Pu (2016, third round) scored his fourth goal of the season Friday, taking a pass and going in alone for the quick forehand finish glove side as London defeated Windsor 4-0. Pu was blanked the following night in a 7-1 loss to Erie, leaving him with four goals and 10 points through six games while winning 64 per cent of his faceoffs.

Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) amassed six shots on goal Wednesday as Mississauga pounded Guelph 11-3. The big defender finished with a minus-1 rating in a 5-4 loss to Flint on Friday, and produced two shots on goal Saturday in a 3-2 overtime win at Saginaw. Osmanski has one goal and a plus-1 rating in seven games with the Steelheads.

 

WHL

In Friday action, Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) connected for three assists as Red Deer downed Swift Current 6-4. Hagel, who was unable to crack the scoresheet in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Kootenay, has secured six points (1+5) through his first eight games with the Rebels.

Lethbridge centerman Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) scored twice at even strength Wednesday and added an assist to help the Hurricanes to a 5-2 triumph over Victoria. 

Estephan continued to produce Friday, netting one assist to extend his season-opening point streak to five games as Lethbridge fell to Vancouver 4-3 in overtime. The streak was snapped on Saturday in a 7-2 loss to Regina. Estephan, who averaged 1.25 points per game a season ago, is scoring at the same clip early on this season with 1.33 points-per-game through his first six contests.

Middle pair defenseman Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) logged back-to-back plus-1 ratings as Kelowna stumbled to a 4-2 loss to Saskatoon on Friday and a 5-1 defeat to Swift Current the following night. The stay-at-home Stephens entered the season as a cumulative plus-29 in his first two WHL seasons (136 games). He is currently a minus-2 through the first eight tilts of the 2016-17 campaign.

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) made his season debut Friday, finishing with a plus-2 rating as Prince Albert edged Brandon 3-2 in overtime. The mobile defender would again go without a point on Saturday as the Raiders dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Wheat Kings.

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) picked up one assist in the Raiders' 3-2 overtime win at Brandon on Friday, but was unable to make it three games in a row with a point on Saturday as he ended with a plus-one rating in the 4-3 loss to the Wheat Kings. Budik has two assists and a plus-three rating in seven appearances this season.

 

QMJHL

After a two-game lull, Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) got back on track last week, producing one assist in Cape Breton's 4-2 loss to Charlottetown on Saturday, and adding two more helpers Sunday as the Screaming Eagles downed Acadie-Bathurst 5-3. Through eight contests, Glotov has collected one goal and seven total points.

 

NCAA

Sophomore goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) allowed four goals on 32 shots Friday as No. 5 Notre Dame was upended by No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 4-3. Petersen made his 54th consecutive start in the Notre Dame crease Saturday, making 27 saves as the Fighting Irish earned the weekend split with a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs. Petersen has posted a 3-1 record with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) notched one assist in each of the two games versus Minnesota-Duluth to extend his season-opening point streak to four games. Hurley has amassed seven points (1+6) through the first four games for the Fighting Irish, who return to home ice next weekend when they take on Penn State.

After assisting on his team's only marker in Friday's 4-1 loss to No. 14 Minnesota State, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) netted his first goal of the year Saturday as No. 7 St. Cloud State was again defeated by the Mavericks 6-4. The 23-year-old forward will be relied to produce all season long as the club's first-line center.

St. Cloud State defenseman William Borgen (2015, fourth round) logged a plus-1 rating in Friday's season opening loss to Minnesota State, and supplied one assist the next night as the Huskies were swept by the Mavericks. The Huskies will look to right the ship next weekend when they meet Minnesota for a home-and-home non-conference set.

On Friday, Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) led all defensemen with three shots on goal as No. 11 Providence was upset by Holy Cross 2-1 in overtime. The Friars host North Country opponents Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend.

Harvard centerman Sean Malone (2013, sixth round), Brown winger Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round), and Massachusetts defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) all enjoyed a weekend off.

 

Sweden

In Thursday action, Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) buried a backhand for his second goal of the year to help Farjestad BK to a 5-0 win over Skellefteå AIK. Asplund, who failed to connect on Saturday in a 3-1 win over Lulea HF, has hit a higher level this season, piling up five points (2+3) in eight games while averaging 16:11 of work per night.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) used his speed and hands to score his second goal of the season Thursday in Frolunda HC's 2-1 in over Rogle BK. Olofsson finished with a plus-1 rating in a season-high 16:29 of work in a 3-2 loss to Linkoping HC on Saturday, leaving the sniper with two goals and eight shots on goal through nine contests.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) did not see the ice last week as Almtuna IS lost to Sodertalje SK and defeated IF Bjorkloven. Johansson is 3-4 with a 1.59 GAA and .938 save percentage in seven starts.

Djurgarden IF winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) remains sidelined with a lower body injury that is expected to keep him out of action until late December.

 

For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker's website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.

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